Richard Schickel
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For 479 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Schickel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Sense and Sensibility
Lowest review score: 0 The Women
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 479
479 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Now and then McGrath's film feels a bit rushed and breathless, but mostly you sink gratefully into its handsomely staged plenitude.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    [Salles]'s imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It is the hilarious business of Shrek, a delightful new animated feature based on the William Steig book, to subvert all the well-worn expectations of its genre.
    • Time
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    They bring their characters to good, slightly surprising, quite satisfying places. And leave us beaming happily.
    • Time
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    An elegantly polished little film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Ironizes without parodying an antique screen manner, then reaches out from beneath this smooth cover to grab us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Intellectually austere but technologically and aesthetically riveting documentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A movie that demands our surrender -- to its energy, to its bold-stroke moviemaking, to its acting (particularly by Cruise and Watanabe, who blend musing and graceful muscularity) and, above all, to its romantic vision of a lost world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Japanese Story is a simple, austerely told tale. But there is something memorable, even haunting, about it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Sayles is a meditative storyteller, with a tendency to mute melodrama rather than letting it wail. But he is also one of the few filmmakers still ferreting out the strangeness and anxiety hidden beneath our poses of ordinariness. [22 July 1996, p.95]
    • Time
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    A formally elegant, subtly savage and powerfully affecting film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What we come to care most about in writer-director Joshua Marston's film is how his heroine achieves the state promised by his title, Maria Full of Grace. Our emotional investment in her derives primarily from the astonishing performance of Moreno, 23.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It proposes that you can make an extraordinarily satisfying comedy without writing a joke. Subtly played and elegantly directed, this is an Adults Only movie in the best sense of the term.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    It is a powerful portrait of a slightly befuddled man who, when inhuman demands were placed on him, found within himself an unexpected response.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
    • Time
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Wry, richly layered, wonderfully observed Argentine film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    One thinks of the great opening line of that great novel The Good Soldier: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." Like many such tales, this one is worth taking to your aching heart.
    • Time
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What makes this movie work is the kind of cool that made Get Shorty go so nicely: an understanding that life's little adventures rarely come in neat three-act packages, the way most movies now do, and the unruffled presentation of outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and situations as if they were the most natural things in the world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it. [19 February 1996, p.64]
    • Time
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    More important, we should take into account the fact that this is really quite a good movie--a character-driven (as opposed to whammy-driven) suspense drama--dark, fatalistic and, within its melodramatically stretched terms, emotionally plausible.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Its business is to turn sure-thing expectations into a game of chance, and provide us with that rarity--a genuinely eccentric yet deeply insinuating film.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Director Joel Schumacher's breathlessly paced and incident-crammed movie will induce a certain sense of deja vu among veteran viewers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    What is startling is how well While You Were Sleeping recaptures the true spirit of the best kind of modern fairy tale -- classic romantic comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The movie has two virtues essential to good pop thrillers. First, it plugs uncomplicatedly into lurking anxieties -- in this case the ones we brush aside when we daily surrender ourselves to mass transit in a world where the loonies are everywhere. Second, it is executed with panache and utter conviction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Their sweet, determined, gently understated struggle for fulfillment in a superstitiously conservative society makes this densely, deftly packed movie a quiet joy to behold.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Makes everything Hollywood has lately done in the action genre look clumsy, dull and stale. It is a short, nonstop stuntfest that, by going back to basics and placing them on the screen with simple, breathless stylishness, turns what is essentially a lowlife movie form into something one is not embarrassed to call "pure" cinema--all energy, movement and high kinetic wit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Very simply, World Trade Center is a powerful movie experience, a hymn in plainsong that glorifies that which is best in the American spirit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    The film is more than a murder mystery and more than a study in character conflict. At its best, it is an intense and complex portrait of an urban landscape on which the movies' gaze has not often fallen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    Very simply, Bertolucci has found an elegance of design and execution that few of his contemporaries could even dream of. [23 Nov 1987]
    • Time
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Schickel
    This is the most assured and hilarious of the three Martin-Carl Reiner collaborations.

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